Paralysed by sin
Many people today would have become high flyers if not for sin. In our text, we see a man who was paralysed and was in one spot for 38 years. It was 38 years of pain, weeping, disappointment and stagnation. He was there waiting for the move of the water, but anytime he decided to move at the appearance of the angel at a certain season, he would be disappointed; somebody else would always take his place. This continued for 38 years, until Jesus walked into his life. Many people are like this man today; their life has been put on pause or on hold because of sin. Sin is like pouring salt into the engine of a car and still expecting the car to move. Some persons are still filled with physical and spiritual activities, yet they are still in one spot because of sin. The greatest enemy of mankind is sin, which will always make a man to perform below his potential.
Jesus left everybody, walked to the man and told him, “Rise, take you bed and walk.” Immediately Jesus said it, the man who was paralysed and stagnated for 38 years arose and began to walk. When Jesus saw him, he looked beyond his physical paralysis to see his deeper spiritual need, which is forgiveness of sin. John 5: 14 “Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.”
Jesus knew there was spiritual paralysis before the physical paralysis. If Jesus had not addressed the issue of sin, the man’s breakthrough would not have lasted. God does not just want to give us breakthroughs. Rather, He wants to give us lasting breakthroughs. That can only happen, if only we stay away from sin, which eats at the nerves of our spiritual life and makes us lame. It hinders us from entering our Canaan land or our place of Promise. Psalm 103:12-13
“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.”
Are you like the man in John 5:1-14? Have you discovered that spiritually, you are in one spot for years? Are you living in secret sin? Now is the time to repent and experience a new season of refreshing.
Sin is a deadly weapon the devil uses to paralyse men. Sin simply means disobedience to God. It has the ability to cause the mighty to fall from the pinnacle of greatness to the valley of oblivion. The man in our Bible passage in Mark 2:1-12 did not even have time to confess his sins. Jesus, in His great compassion, simply forgave him. Perhaps the man on the pallet was too frozen in his condition to ask for forgiveness. But Jesus knew this man’s heart and He knew what needed to happen next. Jesus also knew what his detractors were thinking.
Take a look closely at this story. If you were to be in this story, who would you be? The paralytic? And if so, what is it in your life that causes you to be paralysed? Is it fear or failure? Does fear control you in such a way that it freezes you? Do you behave in anger to compensate for your fear? Ask God to heal you and free you completely, just like he did to the paralytic.
It is common to compare physical infirmity of the paralysed man to the spiritual paralysis, which afflicts Christians. When we sin, we paralyse ourselves. Sin has grave consequences on our lives and the clearest consequence is that we are left unable to rise and walk in the ways of God. Reflect upon the powerful encounter this paralysed man in our Bible story had with Jesus. Put yourself in the scene and know that this healing is also done for you. Why don’t you go to Christ now and confess to receive your deliverance.
Rev. John Okene, Divine Touch Int’l Ministries, Warri, Delta State.
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